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 Category:  Horror and Thriller Fiction
  Posted: October 29, 2020      Views: 35

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"Hot Commodity" by Minglement



Lilith arrived at 10:00 am on the dot. Smoothing her tailored skirt, she took her place at the head of the conference table. She scanned the twelve attentive faces, each committee member seemed alert and focused.

"Good morning. Let's get right to it."

"First on the agenda is our need to capitalize on the opportunity covid has gifted us--We need to reframe it with a positive spin. This virus has hurt the economy, but we can turn it to our advantage. I'm open to suggestions on ways to procure more of our product in order to meet increased demand."

Ben spoke up boldly. "Why not do a health van and visit homeless encampments? Offer a free Corona virus test in exchange."

"Brilliant, Ben. I like it." Lilith quickly entered 'homeless camps' in her tablet. She poured coffee from the carafe into her personalized mug. Underestimate me. That'll be fun.

Encouraged, Ben continued. "While it's not yet sold on the futures markets, you know that's inevitable. It's increasingly becoming a global commodity. We definitely need to expand our resources."

"Agreed. That's what we need--fresh ideas. Anyone else? Susan, I see the wheels turning over there."

"Speaking of vans--trying to think outside the box, here--what about the population below the border? We know people travel from Mexico to the US on temporary visas to contribute, but could we make that easier for them so more people would participate? Eliminate their travel and go to them."

"Great idea." Lillith typed furiously as she spoke. "We could broaden that outreach to the border communities."

Carl tapped his pen on the table before venturing his idea. He raised his hand for attention, then spoke in a timid voice. "I know this is unconventional, but what about..."

"Speak up, Carl." Lilith's body tensed with irritation. Time is money.

"Okay, sorry. Well, here's the thing. We've ignored a large portion of the market. Animals."

A hush fell in the room.

"Animals?" Lillith tried to maintain her professional demeanor, but a small laugh escaped.

"Yeah, why not? There's little difference, scientifically between humans and some animals. Notably chimpanzees and pigs. Zoos and farms might be logical sources."

She had to admit, if only to herself, that this idea might have some merit. I'll need some research. Her brain was working furiously, now.

"Great meeting, folks. Let's postpone the rest of the agenda and adjourn for today. I'll evaluaate these ideas and we'll meet tomorrow morning at 10:00 am sharp."

~ ~ ~

Lilith curled herself into the soft contours of the overstuffed chair. As she waited for her brother to answer the phone, she stroked Lucifer, the black feline lounging on her lap.
"Damien?"
"Here. How'd it go?"
"The meeting went great. We have lots new ideas for sources. Some very--unique."
"Terrific. With Covid, there's a huge shortage and increased risks. Major problem for the clan." The young vampire began salivating in anticipation. "Who knew blood would ever be such a hot commodity."

 

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Author Notes
Word count. 495 words. While human blood is not yet sold on the futures markets, plasma increasingly is becoming a global commodity. Another issue is that many people travel from Mexico to the US on temporary visas to donate, with few checks on their health records and the safety of their blood. A 2006 article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association predicted the trend, but it has continued to develop outside the radar of establishment news media. An article posted on the independent website Common Dreams linked the global blood products market to late stage capitalism.

Xenotransfusion uses animals to aid in the shortage of blood for blood transfusion in humans. As a result, pig red blood cells (pRBCs) showed more characteristics similar to that Ever since researchers sequenced the chimp genome in 2005, they have known that humans share about 99% of our DNA with chimpanzees, making them our closest living relatives. Thanks for to Pinterest for the great image and to you for reading.


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